Collection spring/summer 2018
With his signature second-skin tailoring and richly embroidered designs, Olivier Rousteing abides by Pierre Balmain’s classic influences while adding a glamorously sexy aesthetic to his collections. His spring/summer 2018 show started off in a monochrome fashion, with black and white tones wrapping the figure in patent leather maxi dresses and skin-tight bodices worn under avant-garde coats and sheer skirts. Prints were everywhere, either as geometric shapes, or as stripes and classic checks, to eccentric patchwork that exuded artistry. If there’s one thing to be noted - and as this is Balmain, there are always a few things - it’s the creative ruffle detailing that elevated the collections’ hemlines to true works of art. Slowly adding colour into the mix, Rousteing opted for vivid blues and reds to be strewn across cut-out tops, vamped-up knits and – as testament to his signature style – the iconic statement shoulder. Topped off with a hint of gold that pulled the final silhouettes together, Rousteing captured the dazzling essence of Balmain like never before.